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DIY planter box


From NZ Gardener magazine

Jane Wrigglesworth constructs a modern wooden planter box that is deep enough to contain a small tree and wide enough for some colourful underplanting.

You will need: Two 12m x 150mm x 50mm H4 T&G retaining wall timber, 2.4m x 150mm x 50mm H4 rough sawn timber, 4.8m x 75mm x 25mm H3.2 timber, 64 x 8g x 65mm screws, 40 x 8g x 40mm screws, power saw, power drill, jigsaw, mallet, sander or sandpaper and wood filler paint.

We used Resene Lumbersider in Resene Gumboot.

Cost: $108.11 excluding paint.

Step 1 how to to make a planter box

Step 1
Using the retaining wall timber, cut four lengths 600mm long, then cut a 5° angle at each end. Cut another four lengths 585mm (the final length of your first cut boards), then cut 5° angles at each end.

Step 2 how to to make a planter box

Step 2
Continue adding more levels to the box. If the boards do not fit quite right, cut them slightly so that they do. Screw them in place using the 65mm screws.

Step 3 how to to make a planter box

Step 3
Continue adding more levels to the box. If the boards do not fit quite right, cut them slightly so that they do. Screw them in place using the 65mm screws.

Step 4 how to to make a planter box

Step 4
Cut the last four boards at 525mm, then cut 5° angles at each end. As this is the final layer, cut off the tongues before screwing the boards to the planter box.

Step 5 how to to make a planter box

Step 5
From the 75mm x 25mm timber, cut 8 x 545mm lengths. Cut a 5° angle on one end. Use 40mm screws to fix to inside of box, with the angled end at the bottom and leaving 50mm space at bottom.

Step 6 how to to make a planter box

Step 6
Cut 4 x 557mm lengths from 150mm x 50mm timber. Cut a 60mm strip from one of the lengths and discard the bigger piece. Fit the lengths inside the bottom of the planter and screw in place.

Step 7 how to to make a planter box

Step 7
For the feet, cut four equal-size blocks from the leftover timber. Screw to the base of the planter in the corners. Sand the entire box to smooth out rough edges.

Step 8 how to to make a planter box

Step 8
Draw two half circles onto the leftover timber for handles and cut out using a jigsaw. Screw to the sides of the planter. Fill the screw holes with wood filler, then paint.

 
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